Baby born in car whisked off to hospital

Firefighters said there wasn’t much they could do Friday morning when they responded to the scene of a baby being born in a car in a Grand Haven Township restaurant parking lot.
Becky Vargo
Jul 25, 2014

“The baby was already born,” said paramedic David Marshall, a lieutenant with Grand Haven Township Fire/Rescue. “Mom did all the hard work.”

Marshall said the baby was already wiped down when they arrived at the site of the former restaurant at U.S. 31 and Hayes shortly before 8 a.m.

“When we got there the baby – a little girl – was already doing good and crying,” he smiled.

The paramedic said considering the situation, both parents seemed pretty calm.

“Dad was smiling,” Marshall said.

Paramedics from North Ottawa Community Hospital arrived, checked over mom and baby and transported them to the hospital, where they were immediately whisked up to Obstetrics.

Hospital officials said the family did not wish to share their story at this time.

“It’s a much better type of call to go on then somebody dying,” Marshall said. “Definitely there was a feeling of elation.”

The lieutenant said he’s only been on a few of these types of calls during his career. This was one of the more heartening ones.

“She did an excellent job,” he said of the mother. “I’m sure it helped that it was her third baby. She had it all under control.”
 

Comments

Tri-cities realist

Understatement of the year: “Mom did all the hard work.”

Some can say they were conceived in the back seat of a car, this girl can one up them.

Glad to here mother and daughter are doing well, and kudos to the dad on the assist. Just think of the money they saved on the hospital bill!

Barry Soetoro

I imagine the ride in the meat wagon will negate any savings.

Lanivan

Are you suggesting this woman, in the midst of advanced stages of labor, and her husband chose to pull off the side of road and deliver their baby in the car so they could save some money on hospital bills?

Tri-cities realist

No

SoftwareMike

How cool is that jack! They now should create a concept and call that place "Baby-Boomers!" create a mixture of a fun zone, food & beverage, retail and games to compliment the theater next door. The location has been yearning for a fresh start... what better way then to take a run from a major event like a new birth! :)

deuce liti

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Barry Soetoro
deuce liti

Nice!

My wife and I just had a baby a couple of days ago and they asked us if we wanted to keep the placenta. We both looked each other and I told the doctor that while I was in the market for a softer pillow, we will pass.

I guess you should have produced this information sooner Barry. We could have been toasting our new baby in style!

Barry Soetoro

No doubt - I guess we missed out on a real treat back in the day.

Lanivan

I so wish I could have had my placenta encapsulated...

Barry Soetoro

Imagine the buzz if you were to serve this up on the pupu platter when you finally get around to hosting the Beer Summit. I wonder if the wisdom absorbed by consuming these morsels would be negated by the all the Milwaukee's Best that would be chugged???

Lanivan

Congratulations on your new neonato bambino(a)! Uhh - dare I ask? Would the couple in this article be you and your wife, by any chance??

deuce liti

Thank you! No we had our baby girl in Hackley. We had such terrible service at North Ottawa that we took our money to a much better place. We were actually treated like humans and received amazing care.

newspaperlawyer

I'm glad that the experienced North Ottawa Hospital Paramedic's arrived on the scene due the fact the inexperienced fire paramedic has not handled many of these situations. Good job mom and dad and God bless your proud family.

my2cents

Inexperienced fire paramedic? Really? If I was in trouble I would be happy to have him at my side! These people are our local heroes!

ghtbuc

Seriously newspaper lawyer? You are malicious, and rude. You've made it quite clear over the years that you are not a fan of the Grand Haven Township Fire Department, but do you really have to throw in a negative comment about a job well done?

TWPGUY

Here here.

TWPGUY

Here here.

newspaperlawyer

I don't think any one said anything that was not listed in the article. Maybe the person giving the news releases needs a little more experience also. I believe the baby was delivered by mom and transported to the hospital.

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